In this paper we report a novel transfer-free graphene fabrication process, which does not damage the graphene layer. Uniform graphene layers on 4 silicon wafers were deposited by chemical vapor deposition using the CMOS compatible Mo catalyst. Removal of the Mo layer after graphene deposition results in a transfer-free and controlled placement of the graphene on the underlying SiO2. Moreover, pre-patterning the Mo layer allows customizable graphene geometries to be directly obtained, something that has never been achieved before. This process is extremely suitable for the large-scale fabrication of MEMS/NEMS sensors, especially those benefitting from specific properties of graphene, such as gas sensing. © 2016 IEEE.